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Largely Ignored: UN ESCR report to Government July 2015

The UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights made 32 recommendations to the Irish Government on substantial human rights abuses. But is that it untill we are back in front of the Committee in 2020?

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"Reinstate Mobility Grants for Disabled" June 2015

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"Evolution in our Equality & Human Rights Legislation Greeted With Little Fanfare" May 2015

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"Maximising the Ambition for the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty" : April 2015

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ERA RELEASES

Alliance Highlights Double Standards on Human Rights and Equality

A delegation of the Alliance, the coalition representing 71 civil society organisations, appeared before the Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Law Reform at 2.15 p.m. today. Speaking on behalf of ERA, Mark Kelly (Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties) emphasised that Ireland had been one of the sponsors of a recent United Nations General Assembly resolution calling upon Governments to strengthen national human rights institutions (UN Document A/c.3/63/L.23, 30 October 2008).

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Alliance Wants Answers from Justice Minister

Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA) said that it was looking for straight answers on Ireland’s equality and rights crisis from Dermot Ahern TD, Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform. The Minister is expected to face questions tomorrow from opposition spokespeople on the dismantling of the equality and human rights infrastructure.

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Equality and rights merger will turn active agencies into a talking shop

Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA) warned against indications that the Government may merge the Equality Authority and the Irish Human Rights Commission. Launching its position paper, Tearing Down is Easier than Rebuilding, ERA said that a single equality and rights body could find itself troubled by inertia and internal disagreement, making it bad value for money.

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Call time on agenda to silence equality and rights bodies

Equality & Rights Alliance looks for straight answer on real agenda behind budget cuts as it starts WAKE UP campaign Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA) today urged the Minister for Justice, Equality & Law Reform to WAKE UP AND CALL TIME on the budgetary cuts to The Equality Authority and the Irish Human Right Commission, saying that there was much more to the budget action than a financial agenda.

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No Merger but Savage Cuts Undermine Equality and Rights Protection Says Alliance

Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA) welcomes the budget announcement that the equality and rights bodies will share back office and administrative services instead of being fully merged as originally proposed. However, savage budget cuts of 43% for the Equality Authority and 24% for the Human Rights Commission totally undermines the protection of equality and rights for everyone, but particularly the most vulnerable in society, it stated.

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